Babyproofing. Childproofing. As parents and caregivers, we’ve read about it. We’ve talked about it. We’ve purchased locks and latches and gates – oh my! In an effort to do everything in our power to keep our kids safe, we’ve spent hours covering outlets, blocking the stairs, and moving potential hazards out of reach. We’ve checked the temperature of bottles and bath water. We’ve drilled locks into our cabinets and glued cushions to the sharp ends of our coffee table. Our furniture is strapped to the wall, our TVs are mounted, and our babies are safe. Right?
What about our windows?
On March 20th, 2011, 4-year-old Hannah Geneser fell through an open 3rd story window while playing at a family birthday party. A few hours later, in the early morning hours of March 21st, Hannah died from injuries she suffered in the fall. After losing Hannah, her parents, Jamie and Shanda, established the Hannah Geneser Foundation to honor her memory and to help raise awareness about window falls.
Shockingly enough, window falls are quite common. Each year in the United States, over 5,000 children ages 10 and under are injured after falling from a window. The majority of serious injuries and deaths occur in preschool-age children and the most serious falls are from heights of 3 stories or more.
In keeping with their mission, the Hannah Geneser Foundation is sponsoring an evening learning opportunity for child care providers and other interested individuals on September 20th at Blank Children’s Hospital. If you would like to learn more about window safety and other hidden hazards in and around the home or child care center, please plan to join us for this special event. We invite you to encourage your child’s care provider to attend as well.
Injury Prevention for the Child Care Provider: Window Safety and Other Hidden Hazards
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:30 p.m. – Dinner and Registration
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Educational Sessions
Approved for 2 hours in the “planning a safe, healthy learning environment” Credential Content Area for child care providers.
More information and registration is available at www.hannahgeneserfoundation.org. For questions regarding this session, please contact Janna Day at (515) 241-3262.
Top tips for keeping your windows secure:
- Keep windows closed and locked when they are not being used.
- Do not nail windows shut. Nails do a great job of keeping windows closed but they do not allow residents to quickly escape if there is a fire.
- Keep beds furniture away from windows so children cannot climb to the ledge or fall through while jumping or playing on the bed.
- Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls. Heavy duty safety screens are now in production and can be installed in homes to help prevent falls: http://www.lansinghp.net/#!safety-screens/coa6
- Install window guards or window stops that are ASTM-approved.
- If you have double-hung windows-the kind that open from the top as well as the bottom-open them from the top rather than the bottom.
- Supervise children around open windows and teach them to play a safe distance from windows.